You must know someone in your group of geek friends who love speculating how cool it would be to merge big franchises, right? Star Trek vs. Star Wars. Harry Potter vs. Underworld. Twilight vs. Blade.
But who in Westeros would ever consider crossing over two of HBO’s current biggest hits, Westworld and Game of Thrones? We’ll be kind and protect the man’s identity, but let’s just say his middle initials are “R.R.”
OK, yes, you got us. George R.R. Martin was so excited about the possibility of introducing his Game of Thrones series into the fabric of Westworld, he took a break from his five-year project of writing another book to share his idea with the people behind the newest HBO series.
Martin invited both Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy to dinner to kind of pitch the idea, which was later shared by Entertainment Weekly.
What if instead of eventually introducing a Medieval World into the show, there was a Westeros World filled with android hosts modeled after Game of Thrones? It’s like how Universal (Studios) has its Wizarding World of Harry Potter park and Disney creating a section of its park based on Star Wars, except with all the interactive sex and violence that Westworld offers its hedonistic guests.
Then HBO could even resurrect popular dead characters such as Khal Drogo and Ned Stark.
Westworld, which premiered to near-record numbers earlier this month on HBO, is set in a futuristic theme park where the androids are so real, you literally can’t tell who is real and who isn’t (until you start shooting your gun, of course). The main theme park in the show is an area designed to be America’s wild west in the 19th century.
However, the 1973 Michael Crichton film the series is based on suggested there were other parks with different themes, with some believing those parks might make an appearance at some point in Westworld, maybe even in later seasons.
Nolan has a long relationship with Martin, and definitely was fascinated by what he heard.
“We love George, and our daughter’s first trip anywhere in the world was out to Santa Fe for a screening of The Prestige at his theater, the Jean Cocteau. He’s a lovely guy and a stunning writer, and it’s flattering he would encourage a crossover. We should be so lucky.”
Joy, however, was a no-go. And for a very good reason.
“I need to believe that dragons are real. I want them (to) be a real thing. So as much as I love George, I can’t lose that for myself.”
Even if Nolan and Joy jumped on the idea, the chances of a crossover are still quite remote. The legal obstacles alone bringing the two franchises together would be nearly impossible to overcome.
Westworld airs Sundays on HBO. Game of Thrones returns in late spring or early summer next year.
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